Re-Fleshing Mindfulness with Buddhism, Dr. Miles Neale

My earliest academic Buddhist teacher, Alan Sponberg, had the apt Dharma name Saramati, "one who gets to the pith of things."I remember an exercise he gave to a group of students early on. He had us write down the Buddhadharma in three words. I scribbled something like: "Buddha, Dharma, Sangha."Not bad, I suppose, but still on the surface of things.Dr. Sponberg suggested, "Just. Let. Go."Often, when teaching a new idea or practice, it helps to try to boil it down to its es … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama tops list of 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2016, Several Other Buddhists Included

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”This is just one of the many often-quoted statements from the Dalai Lama that continue to land him on top of global lists of influential and inspiring world religious leaders. For several years now, Watkins Magazine has placed the Dalai Lama at the top of their list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. He was #1 in 2015, 2014, 2013 (when Thich Nhat Hanh was #2!), and 2012. … [Read more...]

Pain and Freedom: A Buddhist’s Meditation Journey

By Daniel D. Woo (© 2016)  Saturday, January 30, I attended an all-day retreat at the Seattle Insight Meditation Center ( led by two teachers in the Insight Meditation lineages.In addition to several 30 minutes unguided silent sitting meditations, the teachers had the participants practice two self-inquiry walking meditations. The first one required contemplating two questions during 30 minutes of mindful walking:(1) Where is my physical … [Read more...]